Oktoberfest at Brookfield Zoo

Visitors to Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., can toss on their lederhosen and enjoy live polka music at the Beer Garden on East Mall on Sept. 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the zoo’s Oktoberfest, which is free with general admission.

Available for purchase will be Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest beer and a seasonal menu with bratwurst, sausages, pretzels with beer cheese and more. Spot the Leinie’s mobile pedi-cab, and if you’re over 21, you may just get your hands on some complimentary memorabilia.

The evolution of TV’s great sitcoms

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites you to join in person or virtually for “A Funny Program about Funny Programs,” a presentation by Marty Gitlin about TV’s greatest sitcoms.

“I Love Lucy”

Gitlin, the only author to have ranked TV sitcoms, will show you snippets of favorite shows chronologically, from “I Love Lucy” to “Modern Family” and everything in between and witness how shows evolved through the years.

The presentation is equal parts history, humor and trivia. Snacks provided.

Register online at northriversidelibrary.org/events-new.

The Chicago-Hollywood connection

Brookfield Public Library invites you to join movie historian Kelli Marshall of Chicago Movie Tours and stroll virtually through Chicago’s Union Station as you learn about its longstanding relationship with Hollywood and movie stars during “Chicago’s Union Station and Hollywood” on Monday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

This Zoom presentation, which showcases Union Station and the special way it connects us all, is Part One of the library’s “All Aboard!” series, in collaboration with Blue Island Public Library, South Holland Public Library and Stickney-Forest View Public Library.

You can register for parts two, three and four at brookfield.evanced.info/signup.

‘A Beautiful Day’ at North Riverside Library

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites you to watch a screening of the 2019 film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, the beloved children’s TV show creator and host, a role for which Hanks received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers

The film, which is part of the Mary’s Monthly Movie series at the library, will be screened at the library on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. Free. RSVP at northriversidelibrary.org/events-new.

LTHS Career Fair

Lyons Township High School will host a Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the South Campus library, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Willow Springs.

You can apply in person for one or more of several open positions at Lyons Township High School, which has immediate openings for an administrative assistant, a para-educator, a student assistant (security), in technology services and in building and grounds.

Each position offers full benefits. Registration is encouraged. Visit www.lths.net/employment to register and submit a resume. Email HR Director Ed Piotrowski at epiotrowski@lths.net with questions.

The Brookfield Artwalk returns

The Brookfield Artwalk is back.

Nearly 20 artists will offer their work this Friday evening at locations on Broadway, Grand Boulevard and at the Brookfield Library. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at all locations. 

There is a wide variety of art being displayed including ceramics, blockprinting and sculpture, pottery, henna, sci-fi drawings, anime, jewelry and home décor. 

And there is live music at multiple locations and active art being created at several more.

Music is back on Grand Blvd. 

Summer is not over yet. Not while there is Music on Grand this Saturday. This is a full day of entertainment for everyone in the family. It is centered around the stage on Grand Boulevard between Sebastian’s Ale House and Brookfield Breakfast. 

Kids fun starts at 10 a.m. with a free Scribble Monster and then at 11:30 Istvan & His Imaginary Band. 

The bands get underway at 1 p.m. with Neal Alger; Jolly Ringwalds at 3 p.m.; Bobby K at 7 p.m. and True Company at 8:30 p.m.

Food will also be available.

The event is sponsored by the Village of Brookfield and Parks and Recreation.

And more

  • Nazareth Academy you to its 2021-22 Parent Speaker Series, which kicks off Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. with “High School 101 Panel: Smoothing the Transition” featuring panelists from Nazareth’s faculty, staff and administration. The series is conducted via Zoom and is free and open to the public. Register at nazarethacademy.com under the Student/Parent tab.
  • St. Paul VI Parish is hosting a Novena to St. Paul VI nightly at 7 p.m. through Sept. 25 at Mater Christi Church, 2401 10th Ave, North Riverside. These evenings will be a special time for prayer and to learn about St. Paul VI in anticipation of the celebration of his feast day on Sept. 26. Call 708-447-1020 for more.
  • The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues its 60-to-Win raffle drawings every Thursday through Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. You can also watch a livestream on the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Winners’ names will be posted each week at brookfieldchamber.net.
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts two exhibitions through Oct. 16. In the Freeark Gallery and Sculpture Garden there’s “Coded: Coated” featuring the work of Jonathan Castillo, Hannah Givler and Paul Somers. The FlexSpace Gallery hosts “Proposals and Speculations” featuring the work of Shir Ende and Lancer Livermont. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Habakkuk Theatre and Open Door Theater present an outdoor production of “Coastal Disturbances” at Ehlert Park, 4338 Congress Park Ave. in Brookfield, on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $18 at the door or online at habakkuktheatre.org.
  • Riverside Arts Center presents “Porcelain Utopia: Mid-Century Lustron Homes in Illinois and Beyond,” an exhibit of photographs by Dirk Fletcher in the lobby of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, through Dec. 31. Free. Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Riverside Farmers Market continues every Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at Centennial Park, 10 Pine Ave., in downtown Riverside. Social distancing encouraged. Face coverings are required for those who are not vaccinated and no pets are allowed.
  • The Brookfield Farmers Market continues every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. for locally sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, baked goods and artisan ware. Live music and a picnic area. Social distancing is encouraged and face coverings are required for non-vaccinated guests.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites adults to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month during the hybrid program Authentic Latin Cuisine on Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m. Library will supply dry ingredients and recipe with a list of other ingredients. Then after making your dish at home meet on Sept. 24 and chat about your creations. There’s also in-person Yoga & Meditation on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. The library’s Virtual Immigration Series presents “Navigating USCIS Online” on Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.

Kids ages 4-up can choose either in-person or Zoom attendance for Lapsit Storytime on Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m., After School Art Escape on Sept. 23 at 3:30 p.m., Learn with Lester the Llama on Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m., ABCs and 123s on Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m., Story Safari on Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m. and Builders Club 2.0 on Sept. 28 at 4 p.m.

Visit northriversidelibrary.org/events-new to register for all programs.

  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., invites you to play fun drawing games and create your own creepy crawly with cartoonist Mark Anderson during “Andertoons: Bizarre Bugs and Irregular Insects” via Zoom on Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.

Visit brookfield.evanced.info/signup to register for programs.

  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to Costuming Cosplay where you can learn tricks for finding and assembling costumes, including wig styling and props on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Registration required.

Visit riversidelibrary.libcal.com/calendar to register for programs.

  • Riverside Chess Club, open to anyone age 5 through adult, meets in person each Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Guthrie Park, Riverside and Bloomingbank roads in downtown Riverside. Players of all levels welcome. Children under 7 require caregiver over 13. Email sean@riversidechessclub.org for more info.